Fenland towns get ready for their local TV ‘close-up’

Jade Cawthorn (Director) and alex:g (Station Director) at the launch of Hereward Television, live fr

Jade Cawthorn (Director) and alex:g (Station Director) at the launch of Hereward Television, live from the Peterborough Beer Festival - Credit: Archant

Hereward Television will host ‘Discovery Evenings’ about its community TV service in both Whittlesey and Chatteris next week.

Presentation at Bourne

Presentation at Bourne - Credit: Archant

The towns are the latest in our region to host events which will showcase to residents and businesses how they can become part of their own local TV service.

The first is on Tuesday February 9 at the Boat Inn, Ramsey Road, Whittlesey and Tuesday February 23 at The Cross Keys Hotel, Market Hill, Chatteris. Presentations begin at 8pm.

Hereward Television has the intent of bringing local broadcasting to a small screen near you. So far, regulator Ofcom has awarded 34 local TV licences across the UK, with those in England broadcasting on Freeview channel 8.

The station was launched as part of 2015’s Peterborough CAMRA Beer Festival, and is a charitable community initiative.

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The evening will offer the chance to meet and question those behind this venture, and find out how to get involved.

With live programmes and outside broadcasts a key component of their schedules, the channel will encourage the development of formats from the grass roots, giving people the chance to make the type of programmes they would like to watch themselves.

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David Johnson, one of the directors of Hereward Television and a resident of Chatteris, said: “This is a chance for everyone to stop being a passive viewer and actually become a part of their own TV service. People often state there’s never anything aimed at them despite there being hundreds of channels to access.

“As with so many interests, if you can’t find what you want, it’s time to make your own. Hereward Television will be giving people the artistic canvas and the support to be able to create programmes which will offer something new, with different approaches and attitudes. People can get involved either in front of or behind the cameras.”

Hereward TV station director, Alex Geairns, is based in Whittlesey. He said: “Local businesses and philanthropists can ensure our region is part of this new TV revolution, currently happening across the UK. With a community basis to our service, such a project becomes sustainable in the long term. The return on any donations made by the companies who back us will be an investment in the people of our area.

“There will also be new advertising opportunities. Broadcast and Information Technology training will be the key to success on both a personal and professional level for our volunteers. Skills learned can be applied to a variety of future careers, or even just provide a new and enthralling hobby.”

Further information can be found at the www.hereward.tv website.

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